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Tecson PL 600

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Oathkeeper1775, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    My apologies if this has already been published....

    Still experimenting/learning the PL 600 shortwave radio; my 1st impression is a positive one. The radio's capabilities enhance my Technician Ham License 2 meter radios and rating.

    A future dipole antenna should round-up my learning; the online reviews match my opinions.

    I bought the radio as an interim financial solution until I get a General License, and dive off into a much-deeper HF investtment ($80 vs $800+).

    One of my other "clubs" :)rolleyes:) provided me with these frequencies that I think would be immeasurable during an emergency. OK to monitor without a license.

    3.980.0 Oregon Net
    3.990.0 WX Net

    Other frequencies:

    Ch 3 on CB & GMRS
    146.420 (2 Meter Ham)

    Other Ham Radio:

    The Baofeng UV5R+ is a great value; it keeps up with my other more expensive equipment.

    I don't consider myself an expert but think this info may help a beginner or 2.
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  2. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I love little SWRs they're a lot of fun, I have a ... whatever that thing is, was sold by countycomm for a while "ETFR". It's been a good radio, at about the size of a pack of cigs. It fits in a chem decontamination kit box, with a set of headphones and an antenna.

    In general, you won't get much better reception with a dipole for listening than you will with just a vertical antenna, as the dipole is going to be biased in a specific direction. The two better options are verticals, or simple random wire antennas. These work well for listening, bad for transmitting.

    If you're really interested in the topic of antenna building I would suggest building a groundplane. I've built more than a few really solid 2m groundplanes, and even a few for other bands, even a 6M and 10M one, however those get huge.

    I have a bunch of little baofeng radios, they're awesome. I like the package size, battery life, cost, and many other things about the radio that my yaesu has really let me down on. I've been considering getting one of the TYT 9800 mobile radios for the truck. Really, 10m and 6m are where it's at for long range comms.
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  3. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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  4. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A friend stopped by last fall and had one of those rigs i his car down in that 7.4 range. He sat in my driveway and carried on a conversation with a guy in New Mexico.
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